Asimov’s Science Fiction: Earn Up to $600 for Sci-Fi Stories


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Asimov’s Science Fiction: Earn Up to $600 for Sci Fi Stories

Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is now accepting submissions of short sci fi stories with a strong character-driven plot.

Submissions should be between 1,000 and 20,000 words. All stories should be previously unpublished. Asimov’s do not accept reprints and they do not publish serialized novels.

The pay rate is between 8 and 10 cents per word for science fiction stories up to 7,500 words.

For stories longer than 7,500 words, the pay rate may be changed to between 8 and 8.5 cents per word.

Asimov’s Science Fiction also accepts poetry up to a maximum of 40 lines. Payment is $1 per line of poetry.

The editors want to see character-driven stories, in which the characters drive the plot and provide reader interest, rather than the science. The types of stories that dominate the magazine are predominantly SF.

Their website says:

“We also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction. No sword & Sorcery, please. Neither are we interested in explicit sex or violence. A good overview would be to consider that all fiction is written to examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence, but that in science fiction the backdrop you work against is the size of the Universe.”

Asimov’s Science Fiction has very clear submission guidelines for short sci fi stories, so it’s advised that you read them prior to submitting your manuscript.

You can find the full writer’s submission guidelines here: 


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